How Do You Make Black Tie Coffee?

An exotic coffee drink is the black tie. This is a traditional drink of Thailand. A black tie contains black tea and espresso as well as a mix of spicy and sweet ingredients. Basically black tie coffee starts with traditional Thai tea and ends up with a double shot of espresso. Just how do you make black tie coffee?

Black Tie Ingredients

  • Black tea mix = 1 cup or 4 bags of black tea
  • Orange blossom water
  • Star anise
  • Crushed tamarind seed
  • Sugar ¾ cup
  • Condensed milk or cream
  • Healthy organic coffee

You can gather all of the ingredients for the Thai tea base or you can purchase Thai tea mix with tea and all of the ingredients added. An alternative is to simply use black tea but then you miss out on a lot of the taste of this exotic drink.

Black Tie Steps

Make the tea first and cool it.

  • Boil four cups of water and add tea and stir in sugar, boil for three minutes
  • Let the tea steep for half an hour
  • If using a Thai tea mix strain out the leaves
  • Or remove tea bags
  • Allow to cool and then put in refrigerator
Thai Tea

Thai Tea

Make espresso, a double shot for each glass of Black Tie

Pour tea into glasses with ice and add your double shot of espresso.





Top off with cream or condensed milk, pouring slowing to create a creamy layer on top of the drink and serve.



History of Thai Tea and the Black Tie

Folks in Thailand used to buy their tea from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) until it become too expensive. So they started using a semi wild tea that grows in mountainous regions of Thailand known as Bai Miang. They added orange blossom water, star anise, crushed tamarind seed and whatever other spices came to mind. They sweetened this beverage with sugar, coconut milk, whole milk or evaporated milk. This drink spread with Thai restaurants across Asia and to Europe and North America. There is little information about how people started adding espresso to this drink but a good bet is that this variation was created in a coffee house as a way to sell more espresso.

Black Tie Organic

If you want to go totally organic with this drink check our article about finding organic ingredients.

Variations on a Black Tie

This drink invites experimentation. Thai tea, which is the base of the drink, is made using a variety of spices and sweeteners in Thailand. The same applies to making it in your home. It is certainly a great drink for a hot day so make sure to prepare the tea early and cool in the frig and add a little ice before adding your espresso. Then sip and enjoy!

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